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THE RED BARON AND TEMPTATION


Manfred, Freiherr von Richthofen was a famous German First World War fighter pilot.


He was better known as the Red Baron because he flew a distinctive a red Fokker aircraft.


He shot down more combat planes than any one else on either side in the first World war


His known kill tally was 80.


On 21st April 1918, he began chasing a Canadian plane - that was trying to escape the battle over the Mor-lan-court Ridge, near the river Somme.


As the Red Baron pursued his prey, he strayed behind Allied lines.


He dived too low into the enemy lines


And he also he missed a Canadian pilot (Arthur) "Roy" Brown coming up on his tail to help his comrade.


We will never know whether it was a shot from the ground - or a shot from Brown that killed Richthofen.


But what we do know is that the "Red Baron" came to his end because he made the mistake of pursuing that Allied 'plane "too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory" (as one report so succinctly put it)


And many committed Christians have been shot down because they have followed temptation for too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory.


And as with Richthofen -- they are then caught unawares and then have to deal with the conseqences.


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